ARE  YOU  IN  OR OUT  

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the  Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are  dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”{Revelation 22:12‭-‬16}.

YOU BETTER  CHOOSE  

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.  And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  I was  naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:  for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’  Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”{Matthew 25:31‭-‬46}.

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord , choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord .”{Joshua 24:15]

LAST CHANCE

The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the  Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. [Revelation  20:10-15]• YOUR  CHOICE  

We then, as  workers together with  Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.       

■[2 Corinthians 6:1‭-2■

FAITH WITHOUT  DOUBT  

In these perilous times,REMEMBER what Jesus said in Luke 22:32-33, And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me,  strengthen your brethren.”

However,The Bible says,”Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it  is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as  many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,  of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he  was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of  David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. {Hebrews 11:1‭-‬40}

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.[Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2]

Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he  does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.[Romans 14:22‭-‬23]

GOD ALREADY GIVES US EVERYTHING.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that  is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. { 2 Peter 1:2‭-‬11}

REMEMBER:

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”.  As Romans 8:32 tells us.

LISTEN 

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever”. Amen.{Ephesians 3:14‭-‬21}

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. ♡2 Corinthians 2:14‭-‬15 ♡

NOTHING or NO ONE CAN KEEP US FROM GOD.

Let’s go into the new year with the assurance,and confidence that absolutely nothing,can separate us from God’s love,and He is the supplier of all our needs according to God riches in glory through Christ Jesus. Not the government nor our jobs.

LISTEN TO THIS:

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can  be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It  is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It  is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.[Romans 8:31‭-‬39].

THE FACT IS:

There  is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.(Romans 8:1‭-‬2)

THIS IS  GOD’S  DESIRE FOR THE NEW YEAR.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which  is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of  himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let  us  use  them: if prophecy, let  us  prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let  us  use  it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. {Romans 12:1‭-‬21}

WALKING IN LOVE BY DEMONSTRATION 

​How do you Know that you  are Walking in LOVE. When you display the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit located in,Galatians 5:22-23 which says,

22. But the fruit (or Character) of the Spirit (God’s Holy Spirit) is Love… 

The Characteristics of Love is joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith (faithfulness), 

23. Meekness (Submissiveness), Temperance (self-restraint), against such there is no law. (This means that anything that is brought against the Characteristics of Love cannot be upheld in God’s Justice System).

1 Corinthians 13:8

Charity (Love) never fails… 

Charity is all that is done in Love, Benevolence and Compassion the benefit of others and for the Glory of God. 

Galatians 5:16 

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit (the Fruit of the Spirit, Love), and all of you shall not fulfill any lust of the flesh. 

DEMONSTRATION OF LOVE 

 Giving is a demonstration of love,and our Heavenly Father demonstrated it.

John 3:16,says:

“For God so Love the world He GAVE His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.

+God is LOVE, and for God so LOVE the world He GAVE…

+We can GIVE without LOVE, but we cannot LOVE without GIVING.  

1 John 3:17-18 says,”But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother have NEED, and shuts up his HEART OF COMPASSION from him, how dwells the LOVE of God in him?  My little children, let us NOT LOVE in WORD, NEITHER in TONGUE; but in DEED and in TRUTH. 

SACRIFICIAL LOVE 

Lets look at John 3:16

“For God so Love the world He GAVE His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. 

+How did God give His only begotten Son? Jesus was given (SACRIFICED) for our sin.  

Sacrifice: doing something for the benefit of others at the expense or cost of yourself. 

+You can SACRIFICE without LOVE, but you cannot LOVE without making SACRIFICES. 

2 Samuel 24:24 King David said: 

I will not give offerings to the Lord my God of that which costs me nothing. 

+The Giving that costs us something is greater in God’s sight than giving which cost you nothing.  

+Sacrificial givings are highly commendable, valued and rewarded by God. 

-MORE ON SACRIFICE-

John 15:13 

Greater LOVE has no man than this, that a man lay down his life (SACRIFICE) for his friends. 

+LOVE and Friendship goes hand in hand. Friendship is one of those relationships where Strong Love is demonstrated. Think of David and Jonathan. 1 Samuel Ch-18.

+Friends do not kill Friends, but Friends will die for Friends if necessary. 

+There are many types of relationships. But the one relationship we can have in all relationships is FRIENDSHIP.  

+LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, SACRIFICE. 

FINALLY 

Matt 16:24 

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself (SACRIFICE), and take up his cross (SACRIFICE), and follow me. 

Galatians 2:20 

I am CRUCIFIED with Christ: nevertheless I live; YET NOT I, but Christ lives in me…

+Remember our lives is Christ is already sacrificed. Now, therefore we live His  resurrected live for the glory of God. Alleluia! (See Ephesians 2:1-7)

+Crucified with Christ means our lives in Christ was SACRIFICED unto God. We gave our lives to God through the crucifixion our Lord Jesus Christ.  

+Sacrifice also involves exchange. Christ gave His life for us and we gave Him our lives to receive and live His life. 

•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for your life. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our faith, trust and confidence in Him. 

•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!

All glory ,honor,and thanks go to God,for using my brother and friend Anthony Rose for writing this lesson.

PEACE  

​P E A C E. =Positive Education Always Corrects Everything. The positive information is from,Jesus who tells us in,John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you,my peace I give unto you;not as the world gives,give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. 

However, Philippians 4:6-7 says,”Be anxious for nothing,but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God,AND THE PEACE OF GOD,which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” .

THEREFORE,For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord  are on the righteous, And His ears are  open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord  is against those who do evil.”[1 Peter 3:10-12]

FORGET THE PRESENTS,AND RECEIVE HIS PRESENCE 

​The First meaningful  Christmas Gift we ever received was from God in the form of His only Begotten.
  Therefore,as we open presents,don’t forget The reason and meaning of Christmas.

REMEMBER , The first Christmas gift was the gift of Love from God, and it is still available for us today. An unconditional love that has no boundaries, it keeps no records of wrong. No matter where you are in life, God can and will be there…whether you are the lost, the lonely, the hurt, the sick, the good, the bad, the broken hearted, it doesn’t matter how ugly the situation you may be in, stop and know God’s love is but a moment away… .Jeremiah 29:11…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) 
God’s Christmas gift to you was determined…even before the world was made! God had already chosen us to be his “through our union with Christ”, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love, God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children—this was his pleasure and purpose. Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son! (Ephesians 1:4-6)
Christmas is a joyous occasion, where gifts & love are shared with our family and friends and loved ones, especially the children.  Let us also tell them about God’ love, this is a good time to tell our children about the very first Christmas gift…and let’s face it… There would be no Christmas without Christ, so let’s not forget Him. The same joy you see in your children’s faces as they open their gift/s… is the same joy seen in all of heaven, when you first believed in Christ.
Luke 15:7… I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

James 1:12…Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Romans 8:28…And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him….
 Christmas is all about the Love …God gave a gift to the ones He loves and you give a gift to the ones you love. So let us not forget to share the love of God through His son Jesus Christ and live for eternity. For the material gifts you give, will soon fade away and will be nothing more than a distant memory. But God’s love is forever, it always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres…(1Cor13:7)
I do pray that you all will have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. 
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2Cor13:14

  A Very Merry Christmas to you! And a God Blessed, Spirit Filled, Prosperous, and Successful New Year (2017) to you. 

John 10:10 

…I (the Lord Jesus Christ) am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly. 

John 17:3 

And this is life eternal, that they might know YOU the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. 

+May the Lord Jesus Christ and His Redemptive Work for us be the reason for our Christmas celebration, (John 3:15-21).

+May there be overwhelming Love, Joy, Peace and Unity in the hearts of everyone in your family.  

+With the Love of the Lord Jesus Christ. A Very Merry Christmas to you and your Wonderful Family. 

•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for your life. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our faith, trust and confidence in Him. 

•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!